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6 May



United States
 Sunday, May 06, 2012 at  
Summer Concert
Patel Conservatory, Florida
1010 North W.C. MacInnes Place • Tampa, Florida 33602
United States
http://www.patelconservatory.org/

Patel Conservatory Youth Orchestra
Stephen P. Brown (conductor)



Martin Gaughan : Miniature London Symphony by Night

7 May 
 
8 May



United States
 Tuesday, May 08, 2012 at 8.00pm 
SongFusion's States of Mind
Mary Flagler Cary Hall at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music
405 West 37th Street, New York
United States
http://www.oslmusic.org/dimenna-center-welcome

Tickets: $15 in advance/$20 at the door
SONGFUSION with Kevork Mourad:

Mary MacKenzie, Victoria Browers,soprano
Michael Kelly,baritone
Liza Stepanova, Kathleen Tagg,piano
Henrik Heide,flute
Edward Klorman,viola
Kevork Mourad,visual artist


SongFusion, comprising award-winning singers and pianists, perform the premiere of their new show, States of Mind, featuring American art song with projections of live artwork by acclaimed visual artist Kevork Mourad. Music by Bernstein, Beaser, Musto, Moore, Cipullo, Barber, Bolcom, Previn, Primosch and Harbison.
www.songfusion.org
info@songfusion.org


John Harbison : Somewhere a Seed
Andre Previn : As Imperceptibly as Grief
Samuel Barber : The Desire for Hermitage, Promiscuity, Solitary Hotel
John Musto : Recuerdo
Tom Cipullo : In Back of, RSVP Regret, Those Winter Sundays, Husbands
Ben Moore : Love Remained
Robert Beaser : The Followers
Paul Bowles : Heavenly Grass
Lee Hoiby : What If?
James Primosch : Every Day is a God
William Bolcom : Briefly it Enters and Briefly it Speaks
Leonard Bernstein : Extinguish My Eyes

8 May



United Kingdom
 Tuesday, May 08, 2012 at 19:30 
London Symphony Orchestra / Peter Eötvös
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891
http://www.barbican.org.uk/eticketing

Tickets: £10 / 15 / 19.50 / 27 / 35
Peter Eötvös conductor
Nikolaj Znaider violin
Steve Davislim tenor
London Symphony Chorus
London Symphony Orchestra



Music for Strings, Percussion and Celeste showcases the musical style Bartók called ‘Night Music’, which conjures the sounds of nocturnal animals and the night’s eerie spaciousness. Bartók’s Second Violin Concerto was composed midst his own concerns over the growing strength of fascism pre-World War II and uses the ‘verbunkos’ style which literally translates as ‘to enrol in the army’. Szymanowski’s Symphony No 3 is a musical adaptation of a poem by a medieval Persian mystic which evokes the mysterious beauty of a Persian night-sky.

Change of conductor
Due to an eye condition, Pierre Boulez has had to withdraw from his concerts with the LSO in April/May 2012. The LSO is deeply grateful to Peter Eötvös, a long-time associate of Pierre Boulez, for agreeing to step in to conduct the two programmes, which remain unchanged. (Notification posted 23/03/12, existing tickets holders will be contacted with further details on Mon 26 Mar)


Béla Bartók : Music for Strings, Percussion and Celeste
Béla Bartók : Violin Concerto No 2
Karol Szymanowski : Symphony No 3 (‘Song of the Night’)

9 May 
 
10 May



United Kingdom
 Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 19:30 
BBC Symphony Orchestra Sibelius Symphonies
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891
http://www.barbican.org.uk/eticketing

Tickets: £10/15/20/35/30
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Alexander Vedernikov conductor
Jorgen van Rijen trombone


The BBC SO's Sibelius season comes to an end with the First Symphony, where you'll hear echoes of Tchaikovsky next to thrilling signs of the 'real' Sibelius. Alongside it is the latest concerto from Sibelius's compatriot Kalevi Aho, and Shostakovich's brilliant and witty ballet suite The Bolt, which mingles parodies of 1920s popular music with evocations of the Machine Age.


From the complete Sibelius Symphonies, to Dvorak’s neglected masterpiece The Jacobin and thrilling premieres by today’s most exciting composers, there is something for everyone in the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s 2011-12 season.


Dmitri Shostakovich : The Bolt - Suite
Kalevi Aho : Trombone Concerto
Jean Sibelius : Symphony No 1

11 May



United Kingdom
 Friday, May 11, 2012 at 19:30 
London Symphony Orchestra / Valery Gergiev
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891
http://www.barbican.org.uk/eticketing

Tickets: £10 / 15 / 19.50 / 27 / 35
Valery Gergiev conductor
Leonidas Kavakos violin
London Symphony Chorus
London Symphony Orchestra


Stravinsky said of the Credo, the longest movement of his Mass setting, that just as ‘one composes a march to facilitate marching men, so with my Credo I hope to provide an aid to the text … There is much to believe’. Stravinsky began work on his Violin Concerto by sketching out its first chord on a napkin to which its violinist, Samuel Dushkin, hailed the concerto’s theme. The Firebird follows Prince Ivan’s quest to win his princess with the help of the Firebird who aids Ivan by bewitching his opponents into performing increasingly elaborate dances.




Igor Stravinsky : Mass
Igor Stravinsky : Violin Concerto in D major
Igor Stravinsky : The Firebird – complete ballet

12 May



Netherlands
 Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 14:15 
Springlevende ritmes: Adams, Roukens en Beethovens Eroica
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
Het Concertgebouw, Concertgebouwplein 2-7, 1071 LN Amsterdam
Netherlands
http://www.concertgebouw.nl

Radio Kamer Filharmonie
Thierry Fischer - dirigent
Ralph van Raat - piano


Ralph van Raat is de solist in het nieuwe, speciaal voor de NTR ZaterdagMatinee geschreven Pianoconcert Concerto Hypnagogique van Joey Roukens. De jonge Nederlandse componist streeft naar een eclectische, directe stijl van componeren, zonder in naïeve muziek te willen vervallen. Mahleriaanse laatromantiek, het post-minimalisme van John Adams, pop en jazz vormen onderdeel van zijn muzikale intuïtie. Een ideale combinatie met The Chairman Dances van Adams, en de ambitieuze, ritmisch sterke Eroica van Beethoven.



John Adams : The Chairman Dances 'Foxtrot for Orchestra'
Joey Roukens : Concerto Hypnagogique
Ludwig Van Beethoven : Derde symfonie in Es, op. 55 'Eroica'

12 May



United States
 Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 8:00pm-10:00pm 
Cantata Singers presents In Thoughts, Our Dreams
Jordan Hall, Boston
30 Gainsborough Street
United States
617-585-1260
http://www.newenglandconservatory.edu

Tickets: General $17 - $32, Students $10
Cantata Singers completes its 2011-12 season with an evening of works by 20th Century American composers with strong local ties—four who rooted their careers in Boston, and one, the masterful Aaron Copland, by way of a piece he wrote for Harvard’s choir. The other featured composers are Harold Shapero, Earl Kim, Charles Fussell and Rodney Lister, who will also be joining the chorus and ensemble on stage as one of two featured piano soloists.

Pre-concert lecture with David Hoose at 7:00PM in the Keller room.


www.cantatasingers.org



12 May



United Kingdom
 Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 7.30 pm 
In Portrait: George Benjamin
Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
South Bank, London SE1
United Kingdom
08700 606 096
http://www.rfh.org.uk

Tickets: £22, £15, £9
Nicholass Collon conductor
Tamara Stefanovich piano
Michael Thompson horn
Michael Cox flute
Helen Keen flute
Sound Intermedia sound projection and live electronics



The London Sinfonietta and Southbank Centre explore the music of George Benjamin, showcasing his wide range of influences from electronics through to new acoustic techniques. Antara, composed after studies at IRCAM, the music technology research centre in Paris, is a meshing of the electronic sounds of Peruvian panpipes, accompanied by an unlikely instrumental ensemble of flutes, trombones, strings and two anvils.



Gyorgy Ligeti : Melodien
George Benjamin : Flight
George Benjamin : Antara
Gyorgy Ligeti : Hamburg Concerto
George Benjamin : Duet

13 May



United Kingdom
 Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 19:30 
LSO Chamber Orchestra/Valery Gergiev
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891
http://www.barbican.org.uk/eticketing

Tickets: £10 £15 £19.50 £27
Valery Gergiev conductor
Alexander Timchanko tenor
Dmitry Voropaev tenor
Ilya Bannik bass
Andrey Serov bass
Simon Callow narrator
LSO Chamber Ensemble


Stravinsky’s Renard tells the tale of a fox who makes his career from tricking the other farm dwellers, the cock, cat and ram, but whose pride eventually gets the better of him – needless to add, the fox gets his comeuppance. The Soldier’s Tale recounts the story of a soldier who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for his greatest worldly desires: riches, power, youth and wisdom. In an unsettling finale, the devil returns to claim his prize accompanied by the sounds of mechanistic, incessant drumming.


Igor Stravinsky : Renard
Igor Stravinsky : The Soldier’s Tale

14 May 
 
15 May



United Kingdom
 Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 19:30 
London Symphony Orchestra / Valery Gergiev
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891
http://www.barbican.org.uk/eticketing

Tickets: £10 / 15 / 19.50 / 27 / 35
Valery Gergiev conductor
Zlata Bulycheva Jocasta
Sergei Semishkur Oedipus
Evgeny Nikitin Creon
Alexei Tanovitsky Tiresias
Alexander Timchenko Shepherd
Simon Callow narrator
Gentlemen of the London Symphony Chorus
London Symphony Orchestra


The premiere of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring has gone down in history as sparking the greatest audience scandal ever known because of its controversial dissonances and intensely driving rhythms. Leonard Bernstein described the piece rather more favourably as containing ‘the best dissonances anyone ever thought up, and the best asymmetries … and whatever else you care to name’. Oedipus Rex is based on Sophocles’ tragedy in which Oedipus unwittingly kills his father and marries his mother, the discovery of which leaves him so distraught that he gouges out his own eyes.



Igor Stravinsky : The Rite of Spring
Igor Stravinsky : Oedipus Rex

15 May



United States
 Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 8:00 PM 
Ars Nostra Performs Max Lifchitz
Merkin Concert Hall, The Kaufman Center
129 West 67th Street, NY, NY
United States
212.501.3330
http://kaufman-center.org/mch

Tickets: $20
The Ars Nostra Ensemble

Kyoung Cho, soprano
Kim McCormick, flute
Calvin Falwell, clarinet
Jay Cobble, trumpet
Sang-Hie Lee, piano
Bob McCormick, percussion


An evening of vocal and instrumental works by Max Lifchitz, the New York based composer and pianist.

http://kaufman-center.org/mch/event/ars-nostra-performs-the-music-of-max-lifchitz


Max Lifchitz : Rhythmic Soundscape No. 6
Max Lifchitz : Yellow Ribbons No. 44
Max Lifchitz : Piano Silhouettes
Max Lifchitz : 3 Songs for Soprano and Trumpet
Max Lifchitz : Mosaico Latinoamericano
Max Lifchitz : Three Madrigals for voice and ensemble

16 May 
 
17 May



United Kingdom
 Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 20:00 
LSO Chamber Orchestra: Stravinsky Festival
LSO St Luke's, London
161 Old Street London EC1V 9NG
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891
http://www.lso.co.uk/lsostlukes/
admin@lso.co.uk

Tickets: £10 £15 £22
Timothy Redmond conductor
Chris Richards clarinet
LSO Chamber Orchestra



LSO players explore Stravinsky’s jazz-inspired side with works influenced by the composer’s experience in New York’s Harlem, as well as the musicians who fascinated him in New Orleans and Chicago. These chamber works reflect Stravinsky’s characteristic experiments in rhythm and harmony as well as his desire to embrace the new musical trends of 20th-century America.




Igor Stravinsky : Dumbarton Oaks
Igor Stravinsky : Concertino
Igor Stravinsky : Octet for Wind Instruments
Igor Stravinsky : Fanfare for Two Trumpets
Igor Stravinsky : Les cinq doigts
Igor Stravinsky : Eight Instrumental Miniatures
Igor Stravinsky : Ebony Concerto
Igor Stravinsky : Ragtime

17 May



United Kingdom
 Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 6:00PM 
Harrison Birtwistle's Bow Down at Brighton Festival
Old Municipal Market
Brighton
United Kingdom

Tickets: £10
The Opera Group
Frederic Wake-Walker Director
Tony Harrison Libretto


A macabre folktale is brought to percussive and visceral life in this interdisciplinary performance. When The Fair Sister is courted by The Suitor, The Dark Sister commits a terrible act of betrayal. But as her crime echoes through the land and across the ages will she finally receive retribution?

Bow Down is an ancient murder ballad reimagined by young performers and players.



Harrison Birtwistle : Bow Down

17 May



Scotland
 Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 2pm 
Afternoon Performance: Stravinsky and the piano…
City Halls
Glasgow
Scotland

Tickets: £7.00-£9.00
Steven Osborne piano
Ilan Volkov conductor
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra



The BBC SSO and Principal Guest Conductor Ilan Volkov have a glowing reputation for their interpretations of music by Stravinsky; they conclude this short season of Afternoon Performance concerts with an all Stravinsky programme. Leading Scottish pianist Steven Osborne gives a rare performance of Capriccio, the piano concerto which Stravinsky wrote for himself to play. The bubbling, rhythmic energy of the Concerto for piano and wind contrasts well with Stravinsky's orchestration of a waltz by Chopin, and the programme also includes the composer's neo-classical string concerto.



Igor Stravinsky : Song of the Volga Boatmen
Igor Stravinsky : Concerto in D for string orchestra
Igor Stravinsky : Capriccio for piano and orchestra
Igor Stravinsky : Grande valse brillante op.18
Igor Stravinsky : Movements for piano and orchestra
Igor Stravinsky : Concerto for piano and wind instruments

18 May 
 
19 May



France
 Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 8.00 pm 
Re Orso, Opera by Marco Stroppa
IRCAM/Centre Pompidou-Grande salle-Paris

France

Tickets: 85€ / reduced-price seats 68€
Brian Asawa Re Orso
Monica Bacelli the worm
Marisol Montalvo Oliba, a courtesan
Alexander Kravets lle trouvère, a courtesan
Cyril Anrep, Geoffrey Carey, Daniel Carraz, Piera Formenti, Papiol courtesans, the brother…
Ensemble intercontemporain



May 19, 21, 22, 2012, 8pm / Opéra Comique, Salle Favart


A legend by the most famous of Verdi's librettists, Re Orso by Arrigo Boito has captured the attention of Marco Stroppa for several years.

A political satire, a fable about power, through lyric verse Re Orso tells the story of a horrible king, Ours, who reigned over Crete before the year 1000. Ours was afraid, above all, of the presence of an earthworm. A solo musician personifies each character of this court and the writing lies in the rhythmic characteristics of the Italian language and the technology of OM Chant. Opera with numbers, with litanies, confessions and orgies, with a disklavier singer and solos of bravery stylizing the rhythms of dance, Re Orso is reminiscent of the rapidity of Verdi's Falstaff. During the second act, the opera becomes purely electronic music, where the meticulous work of the projection of sound in the concert hall becomes a part of the spirit of an opera bouffe.

Marco Stroppa, Re Orso
Commissioned by the Opéra Comique, the La Monnaie De Munt (Brussels), the Ensemble intercontemporain, IRCAM-Centre Pompidou, Françoise and Jean-Philippe Billarant, and the French government, premiere

Performance in Italian, subtitled in French



Marco Stroppa : Re Orso

20 May



United States
 Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 7:15pm - 9:00pm 
LEGENDARY DRUMMER CHICO HAMILTON
DROM, New York
, 85 Ave A (b/w 5th & 6th St) in East Village
United States
(212) 777-1157
http://www.dromnyc.com/events/772/composers-concordance-records-release-party

Tickets: $12 in advance, $15 at door
As evidenced on his latest recording Revelation (Joyous Shout!), 90 year-old drummer/leader Forestorn “Chico” Hamilton is still creating vivid, positive, uplifting, and relevant music. Saluted by the Kennedy Center as a "Living Jazz Legend", and appointed to the President’s Council on the Arts, this NEA Jazz Master is considered one of the most important living jazz artists and composers.

DROM presents EUPHORIC – Celebrating the Life & Music of Chico Hamilton for three Sunday night performances this Spring (March – May) featuring Chico and his long-time touring band featuring Nick Demopoulos (guitar), Paul Ramsey (bass), Evan Schwam (flute + reeds), Mayu Saeki (flute), and Jeremy Carlstedt (drums + percussion) as well as special featured guests TBA. Program includes mostly Chico originals off of Revelation ranging from the samba-ish gem “Footprints in the Sand” to the ballad “Every Time I Smile.”


www.dromnyc.com


21 May 
 
22 May 
 
23 May



United States
 Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 7:00pm-8:30pm 
Organist Gail Archer Presents “An American Idyll”-
Central Synagogue
123 E. 55th Street, NYC
United States
(212) 838-5122
http://www.centralsynagogue.com
info@centralsynagogue.com

Tickets: Free
Internationally renowned star concert organist Gail Archer celebrates the distinctive voice of American organ music in An American Idyll - a five-concert series touring the churches and synagogues of New York City. Performing a colorful collection of organ music by 20th and 21st century American composers, Archer is slated to premiere two commissioned works: organ preludes He Leadeth me! O Blessed Tho’t!, Be Thou My Vision, and Eternal Father, Strong to Save by Columbia alumnus Hayes Biggs; and a new work (title TBA) by Pulitzer-prize finalist and Vassar College professor Harold Meltzer. Hailed for championing contemporary organ music by female composers, Archer will also feature works by Joan Tower, Judith Lang Zaimont, Pamela Decker, Claire Shore, Libby Larsen, Emma Lou Diemer, and Kim D. Sherman.

www.gailarcher.com


24 May



United Kingdom
 Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 19:45 
Onyx Brass with Mark Stone (Baritone)
Purcell Room, Southbank Centre
SE1 8XX
United Kingdom
0844 875 0073
http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/

Tickets: £10-22
Onyx Brass
Mark Stone

Nearly 20-years-old, Onyx Brass present an intriguing and uplifting programme with music from their latest CDs Time to Time and Fugue, as well as new commissions by Andrew Hamilton and Dan Jenkins. The concert also includes the UK premiere of Hans Abrahamsen's Round and In Between.

They are joined by internationally renowned baritone Mark Stone, whose rich voice adds a gleam to the evening's entertainment, performing new arrangements of classic works by Ives and Barber



24 May



United Kingdom
 Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 7.30 pm 
In Portrait: Harrison Birtwistle
Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
South Bank, London SE1
United Kingdom
08700 606 096
http://www.rfh.org.uk

Tickets: £22, £15, £9
David Atherton conductor
Tom Service presenter
Sir Harrison Birtwistle in conversation



The London Sinfonietta’s long association with British composer Sir Harrison Birtwistle continues with an event which will uncover his musical language, featuring examples from earlier works and including the UK premiere of his latest composition for the ensemble, In Broken Images based on a poem by Robert Graves of the same name. The first half will be an on-stage introduction to the music led by music writer Tom Service in conversation with Sir Harrison Birtwistle and illustrated with musical extracts played live by the London Sinfonietta. Once you’ve gained an insight into how the legendary composer thinks about his music, the London Sinfonietta will then perform a selection of compelling works which encapsulate some of the most important elements of his compositional style.



Harrison Birtwistle : Cortege
Harrison Birtwistle : Carmen arcadiae mechanicae perpetuum
Harrison Birtwistle : 5 Distances for 5 Instruments
Harrison Birtwistle : In Broken Images

24 May



United Kingdom
 Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 7.30 pm 
CBSO The Year 1912: Ives and Prokofiev
Symphony Hall, Birmingham
Broad Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B1 2EA
United Kingdom
0121 200 2000
symphonyhall@necgroup.co.uk
http://boxoffice.necgroup.co.uk/iccsym.asp

Tickets: £10 - £39.50
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Andrew Litton conductor
Lise de la Salle piano



1912: and as Charles Ives imagined what it would sound like if two marching bands collided, the student Prokofiev threw his feisty First Piano Concerto straight in the faces of his outraged professors. Andrew Litton turns up the voltage for this high-octane programme, and then goes even further, with the symphony that threw a stick of dynamite under British music. Walton’s volcanic First Symphony is always a gripping ride – hold on to your hats!



Charles Ives : Three Places in New England
Sergei Prokofiev : Piano Concerto No 1
Julian Wachner : Symphony No 1

24 May



Scotland
 Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 7.30pm 
Glass at 75: Symphony No.6
City Halls
Glasgow
Scotland

Tickets: £12.00
Lauren Flanigan soprano (16/03/12: please note change to originally advertised soloist)
Nicholas Collon conductor
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra



As part of the 75th birthday celebrations for Philip Glass, the BBC SSO gives the UK Premiere of the composer's Sixth Symphony, an impassioned setting of Allen Ginsberg's protest poem, Plutonian Ode, an outcry against nuclear contamination and pollution. The symphony follows an arc from outrage and condemnation to spiritual and personal transformation. Conducted by Nicholas Collon, Principal Conductor of the Aurora Orchestra, it is preceded by Richard Strauss's epic tone-poem of decay and rebirth, Death and Transfiguration.



Edward Elgar : Sospiri - for harp and string orchestra
Richard Strauss : Tod und Verklärung (Death and Transfiguration)
Philip Glass : Symphony No.6 ‘Plutonian Ode'

25 May



United Kingdom
 Friday, May 25, 2012 at 7.30pm 
Debussy & Shostakovich
St David's Hall
Cardiff
United Kingdom

Tickets: £10-£26
BBCNOW
Conductor François-Xavier Roth
Violin Daniel Hope



The vibrant orchestral colours of Debussy's Images conjure the heat, dancing crowds, and intoxicating fragrance of Spain, including the atmospheric sun-drenched Iberia. Shostakovich's troubled and searingly urgent First Violin Concerto is one of his greatest works. It is preceded by a contemporary piece, Philippe Manoury's Sound and Fury, based on the title of William Faulkner's novel.



Philippe Manoury : Sound and Fury
Dmitri Shostakovich : Violin Concerto No 1
Claude Debussy : Images

25 May



United Kingdom
 Friday, May 25, 2012 at 7.30pm 
Oliver Knussen 60th Birthday Concert
CBSO Centre, Birmingham
Berkley Street, Birmingham
United Kingdom

Tickets: In advance: £14 full price / £8 concession / £5 under 16s
Conductor: Oliver Knussen
Piano: Huw Watkins

‘No figure in British contemporary music is more respected than Oliver Knussen’
The Guardian

In his 60th birthday year, BCMG Artist-in-Association Oliver Knussen is widely regarded as a profoundly influential composer and one of Britain’s finest conductors. How better way to end our 2011/12 season than with a celebratory concert featuring his most recent composition and music by young composers championed by Knussen.

Energy, dance, darkness, glistening surfaces, collisions and juxtapositions, jolting rhythms and a slow-burning lyricism; all are present in Tansy Davies’ music. Amongst her works are striking concerti for saxophone (Iris, which BCMG recorded with Simon Haram in December 2010) and trumpet (Spiral House, inspired by the architecture of Zaha Hadid). Tansy’s new concerto for pianist Huw Watkins is inspired partly by the writings of Carlos Castaneda on sorcery and in particular on the symbolism of moths.

Sean Shepherd is one of America’s leading young composers. Oliver Knussen premiered his 2009 orchestral work Wanderlust with the Cleveland Orchestra, and now conducts the UK premiere of These Particular Circumstances, a sequence of uninterrupted episodes titled Floating, Circling, Spinning, Grinding, Sinking, Teetering, Soaring.

The second UK premiere in the programme comes from Magnus Lindberg - one of the most talented European composers of his generation. Souvenir is the latest commission linked to his residency with the New York Philharmonic and is a 25-minute, three movement work for 18 players.

In 1975 Oliver Knussen wrote Ophelia Dances for nine players, always intending to add to it; 35 years later comes Ophelia’s Last Dance for solo piano. Premiered in 2010 and revised in 2011, this ten-minute work continues a dance begun all those years ago.


Sean Shepherd : These particular Circumstances
Tansy Davies : Nature
Oliver Knussen : Ophelia Dances
Oliver Knussen : Ophelia’s Last Dance
Magnus Lindberg : Souvenir

25 May



United Kingdom
 Friday, May 25, 2012 at 19:30 
Caligula
English National Opera
London Coliseum
United Kingdom

6th May-14th May

ENO

New Production

When his adored sister’s death awakes him to a realisation of life’s essential absurdity, the Roman emperor Caligula embarks upon an orgy of sexual depravity and sadistic cruelty in an apparently insane attempt to free himself from the shackles of mortality and morality.

Based upon Albert Camus’s existentialist response to the rise of Hitler and Stalin, but as topical as ever in the era of Saddam Hussein and Colonel Gaddafi, Detlev Glanert’s 2006 opera – ‘perhaps the finest German opera of the 21st century’ (Tempo) – offers a disturbing insight into the self-destructive logic driving a decadent and dangerous dictatorship.

Audacious young Australian director Benedict Andrews highlights the timeliness of the opera’s themes by setting his UK premiere production in a football stadium, the kind of vast public arena within which dictators habitually play out their political games.



Detlev Glanert : Caligula

25 May



United Kingdom
 Friday, May 25, 2012 at 7.30pm 
Oliver Knussen's 60th Birthday Concert
CBSO Centre
Berkley Street. B1 2LF
United Kingdom
http://www.bcmg.org.uk
info@bcmg.org.uk

Tickets: n advance: £14 full price / £8 concession / £5 under 16s // On the door: £16 full price / £10 conce
Conductor: Oliver Knussen
Piano: Huw Watkins


‘No figure in British contemporary music is more respected than Oliver Knussen’
The Guardian

In his 60th birthday year, BCMG Artist-in-Association Oliver Knussen is widely regarded as a profoundly influential composer and one of Britain’s finest conductors. How better way to end our 2011/12 season than with a celebratory concert featuring his most recent composition and music by young composers championed by Knussen.

Energy, dance, darkness, glistening surfaces, collisions and juxtapositions, jolting rhythms and a slow-burning lyricism; all are present in Tansy Davies’ music. Amongst her works are striking concerti for saxophone (Iris, which BCMG recorded with Simon Haram in December 2010) and trumpet (Spiral House, inspired by the architecture of Zaha Hadid). Tansy’s new concerto for pianist Huw Watkins is inspired partly by the writings of Carlos Castaneda on sorcery and in particular on the symbolism of moths.

Sean Shepherd is one of America’s leading young composers. Oliver Knussen premiered his 2009 orchestral work Wanderlust with the Cleveland Orchestra, and now conducts the UK premiere of These Particular Circumstances, a sequence of uninterrupted episodes titled Floating, Circling, Spinning, Grinding, Sinking, Teetering, Soaring.

In 1975 Oliver Knussen wrote Ophelia Dances for nine players, always intending to add to it; 35 years later comes Ophelia’s Last Dance for solo piano. Premiered in 2010 and revised in 2011, this ten-minute work continues a dance begun all those years ago.

There will be a pre-concert talk at 6.30pm with Tansy Davies, open to all ticket holders, lasting approx. 30 minutes.


Sean Shepherd : These particular Circumstances
Tansy Davies : new piece (BCMG commission/ world premiere)
Oliver Knussen : Orphelia's last dance

26 May



Wales
 Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 7.30pm 
Debussy & Shostakovich
Brangwyn Hall
Guildhall, Swansea SA1 4PE
Wales
01792 475715
http://www.swansea.gov.uk/brangwynhall
mailto:Brangwyn.Hall@swansea.gov.uk

Tickets: Tickets £15.50/£12.50
Conductor François-Xavier Roth
Violin Daniel Hope



The vibrant orchestral colours of Debussy's Images conjure the heat, dancing crowds, and intoxicating fragrance of Spain, including the sun-drenched Iberia. Shostakovich's dark, troubled and searingly urgent First Violin Concerto is one of his greatest works. John Adams's Lollapalooza precedes it: a short punchy dancing firecracker of a piece that'll have you tapping
your foot within seconds.



John Adams : Lollapalooza
Dmitri Shostakovich : Violin Concerto No 1
Claude Debussy : Images

27 May 
 
28 May



United Kingdom
 Monday, May 28, 2012 at 8pm 
Noisy Nights
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
10 Cambridge Street Edinburgh EH1 2ED
United Kingdom
0131 228 1404
http://www.traverse.co.uk/

Red Note Ensemble



Martin Gaughan : The Woman

29 May



United Kingdom
 Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 1pm 
Lunchtime Concert-Mavron Quartet
St David's Hall
Cardiff
United Kingdom

Tickets: £5.50 (£4.50 concessions) when booking in advance
Mavron Quartet

To mark the Mavron Quartet's Tenth anniversary, the Hall's Ensemble in Residence have commissioned a work from Welsh composer Rhian Samuel with a Women Make Music award from the PRS for Music Foundation. The work will premier at this Lunchtime concert, a real treat for all!




Joseph Haydn : Op 20 No 6
Rhian Samuel : Threaded Light
Dmitri Shostakovich : String Quartet No 8

30 May



United Kingdom
 Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 7.30 pm 
Elias String Quartet
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom
02079352141
http://www.wigmore-hall.org.uk

Tickets: £15 £20 £25 £30
Elias String Quartet


Principal clarinet of the Orchestre de Paris, Pascal Moraguès also has a flourishing career as a chamber musician. Here, he joins the Elias String Quartet (recently made BBC New Generation Artists) for Brahms’s much-loved classic – preceded by a quartet that famously caused Mozart problems, and an example of György Kurtág’s complicated simplicity.



Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : String Quartet in A K464
Gyorgy Kurtág : Officium breve Op. 28
Johannes Brahms : Clarinet Quintet in B minor Op. 115

31 May



United States
 Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 8:00pm - 9:30pm 
Composer/percussionist Lukas Ligeti Showcases New Works
The Stone, NYC
The corner of Avenue C and 2nd Street
United States
http://www.thestonenyc.com

Tickets: $10
Just off a 3-month long tour in Europe and India, composer/percussionist Lukas Ligeti returns to his hometown of New York City with a trio of live performances ranging from avant-jazz collaborations to a curatorial concert series in Brooklyn. One of the most innovative composers and improvisers on the new music scene, Lukas neatly bridges the classical-modernist-world-music divide. He combines his post-minimalism compositional style with other facets of contemporary expressions such as noise and electronics as well as indigenous non-Western musical and cultural influences.

Lukas dives into the jazz ilk with a jazz-influenced ensemble, the Lukas Ligeti Quintet featuring Leron Thomas (trumpet), Travis Sullivan (sax), Evan Lipson (bass), LL (drums) and TBA (piano). On the program will be new works by Lukas. He most recently explored the jazz realm in his 2011 release of Pattern Time (Innova) which was described as an unusually articulate hybrid of jazz, modern-classical, and African ideas. It “explored[s] incredibly rhythmic juxtaposition as only Ligeti can (The Jazz Session).”

Tickets: $10/Students $5/Children 12 and Under FREE. To purchase, visit www.thestonenyc.com.



31 May



United Kingdom
 Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 19:30 
London Symphony Orchestra / Michael Tilson Thomas
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891
http://www.barbican.org.uk/eticketing

Tickets: £10 / 15 / 19.50 / 27 / 35
Michael Tilson Thomas conductor
Yefim Bronfman piano
Gil Shaham violin
London Symphony Orchestra


Berg Chamber Concerto
Mahler Symphony No 1 (‘Titan’)


Alban Berg : Chamber Concerto
Gustav Mahler : Symphony No 1 (‘Titan’)

31 May



Scotland
 Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 7.30pm 
The New Century: Webern & Berg
City Halls
Glasgow
Scotland

Ilya Gringolts violin
Nicolas Hodges piano
Ilan Volkov conductor
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra



"The best music always results from ecstasies of logic," said Alban Berg. But he proved, time and again, that the music of the Second Viennese School could do infinitely more than that. Ilan Volkov conducts as violinist Ilya Gringolts and Nicolas Hodges - arguably the finest living champion of contemporary piano music - join 13 hand - picked BBC SSO players on the impassioned pilgrimage of Berg's extraordinary Chamber Concerto. First, though, the full orchestra explores
the ravishing, crystalline sound-world of Webern's Six Orchestral Pieces - music that Stravinsky compared to diamonds - and lays bare the sensuous and deeply romantic roots of Webern's creative vision in the exquisite Im Sommerwind.



Anton Webern : Im Sommerwind: Idyll for orchestra
Anton Webern : 6 pieces for large orchestra
Alban Berg : Chamber Concerto for piano, violin and thirteen wind instruments

1 Jun 
 
2 Jun 
 
3 Jun 
 
4 Jun



United Kingdom
 Monday, June 04, 2012 at 7.30 pm 
Kirill Gerstein Recital/Oliver Knussen London Première
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom
02079352141
http://www.wigmore-hall.org.uk

Tickets: £15 £20 £25 £30
Kirill Gerstein
piano



One of the great windfalls of classical music, the prestigious, valuable and happily maverick Gilmore Award is given every four years to a pianist who has no idea that he or she is in the running for it. Past recipients have included Leif Ove Andsnes and Piotr Anderszewski.

In 2010 it fell into the unsuspecting lap of Kirill Gerstein, acknowledging him as a musician who combines high calibre with curiosity and imagination. Born in Russia, he began his studies as a jazz pianist but switched to classical and contemporary. His programme here reflects wide-ranging interests, with a piece by Oliver Knussen that lays to rest an idée fixe of the composer’s scores through the past three decades.


J.S Bach : English Suite No. 6 in D minor BWV811
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Gigue, Bolero and Variations
Oliver Knussen : Ophelia’s Last Dance
Carl Maria von Weber : Invitation to the Dance: rondo brillant in Db
Franz Liszt : Soirées de Vienna No. 6 from Valses caprices d’après Schubert S427
Robert Schumann : Carnaval Op. 9

4 Jun



United Kingdom
 Monday, June 04, 2012 at 1:00pm 
Thomas Adès and Schubert
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom
02079352141
http://www.wigmore-hall.org.uk

Tickets: £12 concs £10
Louis Lortie
piano



Known to Wigmore audiences for a memorable Beethoven sonata cycle and to CD collectors for a sparkling exploration of Ravel’s complete piano music, Louis Lortie doesn’t do things by halves.

His enthusiasm for the work of Thomas Adès has been similarly probing, thorough, and persistent. Recently he gave the German première of Adès’s piano quintet. In this concert he plays an Adès score from the mid-90s inspired by the idea of angels rising heavenwards in shafts of light.


Thomas Ades : Traced Overhead
Franz Schubert : Piano Sonata in Bb D960

5 Jun 
 

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